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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1971-02-18

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1971-02-18

Set 1

It Hurts Me Too
Greatest Story Ever Told ->
Johnny B. Goode
Mama Tried
Hard To Handle
Dark Star ->
Wharf Rat ->
Dark Star ->
Me And My Uncle

Set 2

Casey Jones
Playing In The Band
Me And Bobby McGee
Big Boss Man
Sugar Magnolia
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Not Fade Away ->
Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Port Chester, NY

Source 7" two track BBD reel w/ Dolby A @ 7 1/2 ips > PCM501ES (beta) > PCM501ES analog out > Dolby A decoder > Apogee filter > analog in PCMF1/PCM501ES analog out > Fostex D5 @ 48 kHz > WBOTB Master DAT (DAT-1).
Lineage Jace's DAT (48 KHz) playback on Sony PCM-R500, AES digital output > Benchmark DAC1, XLR analog output > Grace Lunatec V3, sample rate at 96 KHz, AES digiout) > AES digital input, professional mode/sync - LynxTwo soundcard in E6400 dual core processor-based PC > HD as 24 bit/96 KHz WAV > Ozone 3.0 > MBIT+ dithering to 16/44.1 KHz WAV > CDWAV 1.9 (tracking) > FLAC (level 8). Recording, editing and mastering with Wavelab 5.0. All cables were Mogami Gold 0.3m pro-audio XLR cables. All components in the transfer/mastering chain were powered from a Cyberpower 1285AVR noise-attenuated uninterruptible AC power supply.
Taped by Betty Cantor
Transferred by Chris L.


Original WBOTB DATs procured & circulated in 1996 by Jace Crouch and Tim Deibert. Thanks to trailmix for providing the lineaged master DAT for transfer.

*First public performance.
- d2t08: Reel flip at 04:48 of "Saint Stephen" crossfaded.
- Approximately 1:39 were removed from the lengthy dead space/tuning preceding "Loser" allowing the entire first set to fit on a single 80 minute disc, while keeping in Bob's "Second oldest ritual" comment... that's a fact....
- Intermittent faint audible artifacts/pops were attenuated using manual pencil redraw under high magnification. These were retrospectively found on all other circulating recordings from this performance. They were most abundant at the beginning of "Dark Star" and also at the start of "Wharf Rat". There are a few spots still remaining in "Wharf Rat" that are just too embedded to get out - sounds like minor transient peak distortion.
- The notorious broad-peaked high pitched whine centered 8000-8100 KHz range was removed using a digital paragraphic equalizer (Waves Q6) with 2 narrow/notch bands (Q set maximal @ 100, -12 dB) set at just under and over 8000K for the first reel and just under and over 8100KHz for the last 3 reels. Previously circulating sources either used a wider band filter or a noise reduction approach performed on low bit/sample rate files which yields suboptimal results. All processing on this transcription was performed at 24/96 resulting in a much smoother transparent sound.


Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2017
Subject: gorgeous ds,wharf rat BEAUTIFUL JAM ds !!!
clean bettyboard, gorgeous ds wharf rat beautiful jam dark star, many firsts ,only half way thru this show.!!!!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2016
Subject: Got no chance of LOSING this time...
Pretty cool show all the way around.
The Capitol Theater is such a styling old hall.
Been there and know why Phil would want to make it the place when doing East Coast shows.
That jam from Wharf Rat back to the Dark Star really is something special...
If I had to pick hottest of the new tunes.
I guess I might have to go with BERTHA,
Band is flying thru the tune. SLAM DANCE BERTHA!
The LOSER great ensemble singing 4+ minutes in.
Pigpen laying down some organ work.
GREATEST is good but would get better.
Wharf Rat also would get deeper with time.
Not a 1st time played but the TRUCKIN is HOT!
the big Fu@king chandelier!
Dim it way the Fu@k down!!!
CASEY JONES! Whatever they got into during set break is running it's course.
PLAYIN' -First Time Played- Amazing if you think about how exploratory this tune would become.
It became extremely rare for them to render it the way it appears here.
Always felt this tune had the most NATIVE vibe of any of the Dead's songs.
In a similar way that BE THOU MY VISION is the most NATIVE AMERICAN hymn in my opinion.
Me and Bobby- such a great song. Too bad this slipped out of the rotation. Nice version!
The Sugar Magnolia has a lot of spunk to it almost how GSET would get the Wha-Wha...
Stephen>N.F.A>G.D.T.R.F.B>N.F.A>Uncle John's
Yes that is going out in style.
note to self: Trying to multi-task during a great show is just about freaking impossible.
Agree with Gwydion on Pigpen's contribution to the 'beautiful' jam.
Also think Pig's backing vocals were a major part of the Dead's distinctive sound from this time. period.
Reviewer: misterthumbs - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2015
Subject: firsts
lots of firsts in this show which is exciting but also disappointing bc i think they aren't, understandably, very comfortable with them yet.

good, slow ballads on this one - it hurts me too, bobby mcgee. songs that i don't necessarily ever seek out, which is nice to hear.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2015
Subject: -
Rough, but sweet.
Reviewer: jpos - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2015
Subject: I love this show
Performance and recording as well as just the "vibe" of this show are all 5 stars.
Reviewer: Gwydion6 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2013
Subject: Pigpen's contribution to the beautiful jam
So everyone's praising the beautiful dialogue between the string men and drummers, but...isn't that Pigpen playing keys very softly in the background? I thibnk that's beautiful too and really adds to the jam.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2012
Subject: to thankutapers
December 5, 1971 in NYC is a must have. Best Jack Straw, Brown-Eyed, Tennessee, Ramblin'.

They were being simulcast over WNEW-FM, and they put in extra effort. Jerry played with NRPS for 90 minutes to open the show, and there's even some good talk with Bill Graham and Scott Muni between sets. Bill tells how he ran down and tackled a ticket thief outside the Garden just before the show! Also Graham cursing the people who were standing on the seats.

One more note to thankutapers: start at May of 1972, (Pigpen's last performance with the band) and work your way backward.
Reviewer: PigpenLives - - November 21, 2010
Subject: multiple sources here?
Hard To Handle through Me And My Uncle sounds like it came from an alternative source. It's a bit echo-y and mono-ish compared to the rest of the recording. It's different enough that I'm surprised to see no mention of it anywhere in the notes.
Reviewer: Hashjihad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2010
Subject: BEST OF!?!?!?
This is the most cohesive mellow and beautiful jam out of dark star I have ever heard, and I have heard a couple. Even the feelin groovy jams don't have this vibe.
Reviewer: thankutapers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2010
Subject: 1971
my 1st concert was a dead show 16 in 1990 of course u love the shows youve been 2 so i really got into the 90's (jerry man we miss u) but every1 talks about the 70's never really got into just 7o's dead but man they where tight on fire for me definitly there gratest years sure there r special nuggets throughout the years but musicly speaking wow,any must have 70's show i should get??besides the whole decade???
Reviewer: raindep - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2010
Subject: ...jam out of wharf rat...
...for those keeping score, and who like to reference jams with some reference to the language of music, bob weir is moving in a scaler fashion to a Bminor, from the Asus2, creating the feel for the first 3 minutes of this very nice piece of improvisation...what makes it so cohesive is the fact that phil actually stays with him, instead of moving into the cosmos with it...though not the most daring jam I have heard, extremely easy on the ears, and quite beautiful..."I was born too late...blame it on..."
Reviewer: P.M. Kramer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2010
Subject: fine old wine
finding this is like opening the cellar door and find the perfect bottle of wine. it goes down smooth
and has a long finish. long live PCNY.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2010
Subject: Firsts
Grateful Dead, 02/18/1971
Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY

Disc I - Set I
01 Bertha*
02 Truckin'
03 It Hurts Me Too
04 Loser*
05 Greatest Story Ever Told* >
06 Johnny B. Goode
07 Mama Tried
08 Hard To Handle
09 Dark Star >
10 Wharf Rat* >
11 "Beautiful Jam" >
12 Dark Star >
13 Me & My Uncle

Disc II - Set II
01 Chandelier incident
02 Casey Jones
03 Playin' In The Band*
04 Me And Bobby McGee
05 Candyman
06 Big Boss Man
07 Sugar Magnolia
08 Saint Stephen >
09 Not Fade Away >
10 Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad >
11 Not Fade Away >
12 Uncle John's Band

*First public performance.
Reviewer: ah_uh_oh_um - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" February 18, 1971 at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Classic 71' Sound.

Get all the shows at the Capitol Theater, February 18,19,20,21, 1971.

A hop, skip and a jump from NYC, Port Chester was a great place to see the DEAD.

Garcia uses his WAH-WAH pedal on "Sugar Magnolia".

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD, for tomorrow we may die....

Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
Reviewer: JMITCHELL - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2009
Subject: Amazing
Wonderful jam there going back into Dark Star. You can find another divinely inspired Dark Star in 1972-03-23. There is another breathtaking jam that takes place at the end of that one.
Reviewer: Sviatapolk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2009
Subject: Dark Star > Wharf Rat > Dark Star
The title of my post says all that needs to be said. Even if you've had your fill of (the many excellent) 1971 Dead Shows the Dark Star > Wharf Rat > Dark Star ranks up there with the greatest jams in Dead history. I will be so bold as to say that the jam between Wharf Rat and Dark is probably the greatest 5 minutes of pure improvisation I've heard. The dialogue between Jerry, Bob, Phil, and the drummers really get to the heart of what the Dead were all about.
Reviewer: jstlkwlfmnjack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2009
Subject: awesome
i have completely fallen in love with this lil gem!!!! i cannot believe only 2000 ppl have downloaded it! i cannot believe on 2 ppl have commented about it?!?!?!? people.... GET THIS SHOW!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED AMAZING! awesome set list, awesome quality! so many firsts, such grate banter and explanations, "mickey wants to call this 'the pump up song' for reasons of his own" FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Det. Harry Ratcock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2009
Subject: concentration
I stared drinking LUCKY LAGER a few years later.

few enjoyable show.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2009
Subject: Spawning Grounds
Epic. truly one of the greatest shows on this site. Look at all those first time played, absolute classic tunes......Wonderful sound. Thanks for your work.
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